George Killian's Irish Red
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

George Killian's Irish RedGeorge Killian's Irish Red
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From:
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #88
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
71
Ranked #30,083
Avg:
3.06 | pDev: 19.61%
Reviews:
896
Ratings:
2,336
Status:
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Rated:
Oct 06, 2022
Added:
Jul 06, 2001
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SCORE
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

2.63/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Drank plenty of this back in the 90s when it seemed 'fancy' for a beer. I don't remember particularly loving it as there was a faint hop presence that didn't agree with me. Turns out it's not a bad lager at all, fairly smooth and subtle malt notes. I'd happily drink another.
Aug 10, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

3.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Haven't had one of these in years. Picked up a single and tried it again. Poured into a clear glass, light copper color with a small thin head. The smell was that of a malt and possibly hops. Taste was of malt with a little bit of hops. Definitely not what I remember but still a decent beer.
Jul 26, 2022
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

2.96/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
Not too bad for my tastes. It’s a tad sugary in its malt/sweetness but also has a little toast included. Little caramel and oddly some charred bread crust on the nose. No bitterness, and though there is a little body to this macro, it’s not weighed down or syrupy in any way. A fair macro option in a pinch.
Jun 23, 2022
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Rated by datstankadank from New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
good head, lacing, nice robust malt flavor that is slightly balanced on the finsh. unfortunately better than the yuengling traditional.
Jun 17, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Unibev Ltd. "George Killian's Irish Red"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle coded "JUL1822 12 B10200031600" and sampled on 1 June 2022
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: In 1996 the Coor's version of this beer was one of my favorites and so when I visted Ireland I made sure to stop by Enniscorthy to see if I could find out anything about the brewery. They have (or had) a little visitors center and history 'museum' there and I asked if they had anything about the brewery. The answer was that no, they didn't have anything but the brewery was right down the road and now it's a soda plant, and if I wanted to catch him George had just passed by with his dog and shouldn't be hard to . Well I wanted to chase him down and at least ask him about the recipe but my wife of the time was having none of it. Disappointing. I should have just ignored her and hoofed it up the road. Anyway, this is not the same beer. The original Coor's version was just 3.2% alcohol by volume and this is 5.4% - that's a big difference. Let's see what it's like. It's poured a deep copper colored body beneath a thumb's width of dense off-white foam. The aroma is lightly sweetish, caramelish, and leafy and earthy. I'm going to guess that they're using Fuggles but I could be wrong. It's also a little bit fruity with apple. The flavor follows with more fruitiness than I remember it having 26 years ago so I could be wrong. The caramel character remains and it's cereal likeand bready with golden caramel, medium reddish caramel, and a bit of an even darker caramel that's like almost burnt sugar to give it a little bit of an edge. The hops appear more grassy than leafy, and there's not as much earthiness as I thought there would be. Sometimes you pick up a little too much on your first whiff. A moderate bitterness balances it bringing it to a mostly dry finish although a dollop of that sweetish and caramel-like maltiness lingers shortly with some leafy and earthy hops. That's very much how I remember it, and looking back it was probably that sweetness that I enjoyed. This, however, seems sweeter than the original Coor's version. In the mouth it's medium bodied and surprisingly smooth with a moderate and very fine-bubbled carbonation. The head held up OK, and it's left some decent lacing about the glass but it's not great. In the end I think it's a pretty good take on the original and I completely understand why they'd increase the alcohol content. Personally I'm happy with lower alcohol beers because you can enjoy more without getting loopy. In fact, at the time English ales were my favorites and I guess I'd group this in with those. It's interesting how you forget about things, but then you can remember them very clearly once you're reminded of them.
Review #8,038
Jun 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.05 by DavyDnIndy from Indiana

Apr 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Loch_Zoch

3.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Most people think of Guinness when thinking of Irish beer. While I love Guinness, it's too much of its own thing to be a casual drink. Killian's Irish Red is a casual Guinness. both are red, with the up top sweetness and the bitter almost coffee-like note at the end of the swallow. But these elements are subdued in comparison to the bold statement of a stronger Guinness beer. For its departure from strong elements I enjoy this beer. The alcohol is at a good spot, right in the middle of water and bringing out the idiot after two beers. This hits all the targets for an Irish Red beer without an over-the-top delivery. Can't say much about the looks as it is simply red, but inviting. Smells are of malt with chocolate and caramel like a candy, but not excessive, again subtle.
Apr 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.08 by megamick from Iowa

Apr 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Valdez_Mescalito from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Year-round Release - 12 pack
12 oz. bottle with best by date JUNE0622 (06/06/22) - 5.4%? ABV / ? IBU
Brewed and bottled in Golden, CO
Poured into a Bell's branded pub pint glass

Look - Pours a thin white head that leaves light lacing. Clear, light red appearance with tons of streaming bubbles.
Smell - The scent is toasted sweet caramel and it's hard to pick up anything else.
Taste - Taste follows the nose with no bitterness and minimal sweetness.
Feel - Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel and a slightly dry finish.
Overall - A very drinkable lager for St. Patrick's Day.
Mar 17, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
"Best by 3/28/22"; drank 3/12/22 @ the Yarchives.

See-through amber appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice khaki head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Apple, mild caramel & faint oak notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Apple, mild caramel & faint oak flavors.

This was WAY better than I expected, and could be enjoyed just about anytime.
Mar 13, 2022
 
Rated: 3.3 by PapaGoom

Feb 02, 2022
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Rated by Denverbeerman21

3.01/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Amber red color, beige head, malty smell, bread, sweet, toasty flavor. Not offensive, but not interesting.
Jan 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.52 by Taenim from New Jersey

Jan 09, 2022
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Reviewed by BeerBobber from Nevada

3.76/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
The pour is a nice looking ruby color with a half finger of tan colored head.

Smell is faint. Yet getting some caramel and toasted malts. It is faint but still rich smelling.

Taste is nice. Easy flavors or light if you will. Getting a touch of caramel and some toasted malt notes. Again like the nose the flavors are not pronounced but smooth.

Mouth feel is fizzy and light with a crisp finish.

Overall this is an extremely sessional red lager. Some of these can be a bit sticky or a wee bit heavy. This is none of that this is a red beer made for drinking. I would love to have this on tap when I am a bar somewhere with my wife and or some friends. The flavor is nice and easy. The beer looks nice. And the ABV is not going to knock you around as long as you pay attention. Because this does drink very easy. I can remember having this way back in the day in Colorado as a younger man. That was years ago. It is sometimes really good to re visit an old friend. Cheers!
Dec 30, 2021
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Poured from a 12oz bottle purchased as a single.

Relatively headless on the end of the pour a not so fine layer of bubbles formed that quickly dissipated into a ring around the outside of the beer sticking to the glass. Crystal clear and a light reddish brown.

Smell is largely Coors-y lager but is redeemed from failure with some subtle caramel roasty scents coming from the malt. Maybe a hint of some hops bit unsure.

Taste is better than either the look or the smell thankfully. The roasty malts come through stronger while I'm drinking and there is a light bitterness, presumably from the hops.

Feel is quite light almost watery, definitely an easy drinking lager that looks nicer than it is. While I drink it I can tell it's not actually irish.

Overall good for coors, but not quite as good as I've seen them do. I feel like the body could've been stronger and more present but it is what it is.
Dec 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.18 by Meddwol from Michigan

Dec 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.37 by QuintusHorace from California

Nov 23, 2021
 
Rated: 2.59 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Dark amber, low carbonation, quite low bitterness, just a little bite at the end. It is more on the sweet side. Thinner body but I would not say watery. Quite easy to drink though, goes down very smoothly. I say straight forward beer, no much complexity here, which is fine.
Nov 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Aichelberger from Maryland

3.89/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A solid "4" in the rating department. Tried this many years ago and didn't think much of it. Tried it again--after all these years of drinking others--and found it to be a pretty decent, drinkable amber. Frankly, I like the style and the off-tastes that I remember from all those years ago were nowhere to be found. Nice brown/red in the glass, with a hint of malt in the nose; but a warm, decent roasted flavor on the tounge. Not too sweet and lighter in the mouthfeel, with a hint of bitterness at the end. Very drinkable. Nothing to write home about, but definitely something I'd buy in the future just to balance out all of the hoppy offerings that fill the fridge.
Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by xmanden from Michigan

3.91/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a frozen mug. Pours clear dark amber. I smell caramel and a slight spice/yeast. Fantastically smooth taste with hints of sweet caramel, bread. This is a great any occasion beer that’s easy to come back to often.
Oct 23, 2021
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Reviewed by WaterBoar from Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
I got this beer.... when... lets say I was "old enough to drink" and leave it at that. I thought I was getting something cheap, exotic and foreign. WHAT A MORON I was! I made bread with this beer because the bottles got warm and I was not about to let it go to waste. If you need a beer to make beer bread, this is it! For drinking this is ok, but it is trying to be Irish and I remember them using an Irish guy in an Irish Pub telling me how great it was so I gave it a whirl. I wish they spent more money on making good beer than making clever advertisements. I feel like I have been had! The bottle label kicks ass but the beer needs something. Maybe a better grain selection. The color is cool if you pour it into a glass.
Sep 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by Wilkolaczek94 from Connecticut

Sep 16, 2021
 
Rated: 3.04 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio

Aug 28, 2021
 
Rated: 3 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Jul 25, 2021
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Rated by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Looks good. Tastes malty & woody with a dry finish and unnoticeable ABV. Overall, an average tasting Irish red.
Jul 23, 2021
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Rated by Killgora

4.19/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pretty good. Malty, and slightly sweet. Easy drinking, but feels a little heavy personally. A good beer for cold weather.
Jun 21, 2021
 
Rated: 2.55 by balizz

Jun 09, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Jun 06, 2021
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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

2.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Smells malty sweet with a bit of a bitter bite.

It's watery and indistinguishably sweet. It also has some dank hops in the distant background.

It's thin as water with a small amount of fizz. The finish is short and bready.

It's not that good.  Very blah.  I give it a 3.3 out of 6.
May 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.63 by Fallen232 from Pennsylvania

Apr 09, 2021
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Reviewed by AccipiterofBeer from New York

3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
from the bottle.

L: 3.5 reddish body with a white head. Moderate to copious carbonation.
S: 3.5 hoppy and malty
T: 3.25 Watery hops. Some light fruity notes. Bready malts.
F: 3.75 Light bodied,
O: 3.5 A decent drink.
Apr 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.22 by superwho24 from Arkansas

Mar 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.58 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a basic glass, forming a finger of off-white head that soon faded to light lacing. Burnt-orange/red color, maybe 50% transparent. Smell is maybe a hint of hops. Taste is some caramel, a little bit of breadiness, and some hops at the end. Drinkable, nothing complicated. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Perfectly average red ale.
Mar 19, 2021
 
Rated: 3.39 by Mulechops from Kentucky

Mar 01, 2021
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Reviewed by OllieStalz from New York

3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
The smell is pretty basic. Nothing too spectacular about it. The color is nice. I have a thing for amber colors. The taste is pretty okay. It's not gross, but it won't blow your socks off. I do enjoy it, and would drink it regularly. It is easy to drink, so it should be crowd-pleasing (well maybe not to the lite-only crew).
Feb 23, 2021
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a pint glass. Purchased as an individual bottle from Kroger for $1.29.

L - A sticky, reddish-bronze. Leaves a one-finger tan head.
S - Caramel and yeast are the most prominent here. Hints of copper, barley, and shortbread. Slight stone fruit notes.
T - Flavor follows nose. Caramel, rye, toast, and some earth.
F - Little carbonation. Very sticky, yet not very thick. Refreshing for sure.
O - Surprisingly good for a macro. Refreshing, filling, and something I'd definitely drink again. Not complex per se, but tasty for sure.
Feb 12, 2021
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